James Ambler, his wife, Lan, and son, Isaac, live in Wesley Chapel, where James has owned Ambler Enterprises and has helped local residents have beautiful kitchens and bathrooms for the last 35 years. (Photos: Charmaine George)

James Ambler has been a resident of Wesley Chapel for the past five decades and has been licensed as a contractor in the State of Florida for the past 35 years.

During that time, many families in Wesley Chapel, New Tampa and the surrounding areas have had their homes transformed by his company, Ambler Enterprises.

Now, James and his wife Lan are raising their four-year-old son Isaac in Wesley Chapel, too.

James has been in construction since he started working alongside his dad when he was only 12 years old. When he was 16, the family moved to Florida from California. Eventually, he says he gained valuable experience working both in disaster recovery and for some of the area’s top pool companies.

“People call me to repair knock-down ceilings and textured finishes such as orange peel on the walls,” he says. “Anyone can slap it on and spray it. But, when I fix it, you can’t even tell it was patched.”

While he says he can complete any job in the interior of your home, “what we do best are kitchens and baths,” he says. 

He can take outdated spaces or those in need of repair and turn them into the kitchen or bathroom of your dreams. He is bonded and insured, and licensed as a residential contractor (License #CRC1332119)

He says that recently, he also has worked with several families who have purchased new construction homes with open floor plans who need a space turned into an office or other room. James can close that space in for you, adding doors and making the space a separate room in the home.

Ambler Enterprises is primarily just James, so you can be comfortable knowing who is working in your home.

For demolitions and other big jobs, he’ll bring in someone to help him. For any work he’s not licensed to complete (such as plumbing or electrical), he’ll refer the homeowner to one of the tradespeople he trusts and with whom he has long-standing relationships.

James says that while he won’t be the cheapest guy you can hire, he’s definitely not the most expensive, either. He can complete jobs as quickly as the big companies, but he promises his quality is much higher.

“I’ve been on Google for 15 years,” he says, “and I’ve never had a bad review.”

Speaking Of Reviews…

Donna and Russ Houchen recently hired Ambler Enterprises to remodel their master bath after being referred to him by a friend.

“James did a wonderful job,” says Donna. “His suggestions on what we might want to consider were fabulous. He was very clean and tidy and kept all of the mess in the bathroom. Once he got started, he completed it quickly. And, the finished work was excellent — the painting, wall tile, mirrors, and fixtures — all of that was outstanding.”

Donna says she also appreciated that James was equally as great at communicating with her and her husband. They were always aware of the status of the project and appreciated that James came to them when he had questions, offering suggestions based on his experience that she says made the bathroom even better than what she had imagined.

James Ambler of Ambler Enterprises says his specialties are kitchens and bathrooms, but he can help with any interior renovation that you have in mind, including closing in open spaces and repairing textured walls and ceilings

“We were really pleased with what he did and how the job turned out,” she says. “It was great working with James.”

Meanwhile, James says, like with the Houchens, most of the work he does is referred by someone who had a great experience with Ambler Enterprises and recommended him to a friend. 

In fact, he says that many years ago, he did one bathroom that led to him completing 15 bathrooms and six kitchens — all on the same block.

“I’m extremely picky about your home,” he says. “If we use a hose, for example, we put it back. I don’t smoke and don’t allow anyone to smoke on your property.”

James says he knows he offers high-quality work and he would never want to sour anyone’s impression of his company by “doing something stupid,” such as leaving out an item they could trip over or that they would have to clean up.

He says his past experience in disaster recovery has given him the knowledge of all the things that could happen, so he provides extras that most companies don’t. For example, that might include caulking around the toilet and cabinets, or keeping the hoses behind the cabinet that you don’t see neat and tidy.

“And, when I finish a job,” he says, “I explain what to use to care for your new kitchen or bathroom. I want it to last for you.”

He says that he always gives customers the opportunity to provide him with a “punch list” to finalize anything that isn’t exactly the way they wanted it, such as paint that needs to be touched up or items that need to be finished.

“Most people have a hard time finding something,” he says. “They typically tell me everything looks great.”

James says that Ambler Enterprises will not start a job until all materials are on site, so that once the job is started, it can be completed as quickly as possible. He says he wants to be sure you aren’t left with an unusable room because something you were expecting to arrive didn’t.

And, once a job is started, James doesn’t bounce around. He works in your home every day until the job has been completed, so you can get back to using your room as quickly as possible.

Ambler Enterprises offers free in-home consultations for most remodeling projects. Call or text James Ambler at (813) 385-6402, Google “Wesley Chapel Ambler Enterprises” to read reviews of his business, email him at ambler.ep.llc@gmail.com.

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